Declan Burke at New York University, September 24th.

Liberties Press is delighted to have Declan Burke, author of new release Absolute Zero Cool, involved with Imagine Ireland, an initiative celebrating Irish arts in the U.S. With that, he, along with a number of contributors from Down These Green Streets: Irish Crime Writing in the 21st Century, will be participating in a series of discussions on the recent trends and new titles emerging in Irish crime fiction writing. Amongst the writers that will be in attendance at the day-long programme are John Connolly, Arlene Hunt, Declan Hughes, Alex Barclay and Colin Bateman. Highlights include discussions on "The American Connection" and "What can crime fiction do, and how does it do it?", both of which Declan will be taking part in. John Connolly, who recently launched Declan's latest novel, Absolute Zero Cool, will also be joining Declan on the panel for these discussions. As we all saw from the launch, John is an interesting and enthusiastic speaker. To see for yourself or if you won't be in New York in September, check out this video of John speaking at the launch here. A VIP reception will be held that evening, where a number of books will be launched including Declan Burke's collection of crime essays, interviews and short stories, Down These Green Streets.

The event is being held at the Glucksman Ireland House, New York University and tickets are available from Prices start at $60 (€41) for a day pass. Full details are available on the Glucksman Ireland House website.

Down These Green Streets and Absolute Zero Cool are available for purchase from all leading bookshops nationwide and also on

To read an extract from Absolute Zero Cool on Scribd, click here. To read a short piece from Down These Green Streets, click here.